In attempts to apparently disprove their most staunch supporters, Congress has wasted their time and our money crafting language that will keep funds from heading to ACORN, an organization that ceased to exist in 2010. The bill to fund transportation and housing that contained the language was shelved, at least for now, before coming to the House floor for a vote last Wednesday. If that’s not enough, realize that this would be the 13th time the House has voted to defund ACORN since it closed up shop.
Unfortunately this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering this is the same Congress that voted over 40 times to repeal Obamacare and is perfectly happy with throwing themselves a party after passing a bill that they know will not become a law. While this plays as excellent fodder for Democrats, it speaks to the broader sense that neither side in Washington seems to get anything of great substance done anymore.
“Thirteen votes to defund a program that no longer exists. Forty votes to repeal a health care law that is transforming millions of lives,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), comparing the anti-ACORN legislation to the House GOP’s routine votes to repeal Obamacare. “If their agenda is to do nothing on a timeline of never, they’re setting record pace.”